Is that a fact?
Fact check, my friends! Learn how to discern truth from fiction. Only speak when you know what you are saying is actually true.
If you listened to my first episode of Stereo-Typed – I believe, you heard me tell a cautionary tale about spinach. In the past couple of days, I have been seeing a similar situation play out.
What do we know?
With respect to the recent allegations that have made the news, there is no official statement with respect to the alleged victims. None. Additionally, the police were clear in their press conference that they were not going to answer any questions, or give any information, about the victims. However, I have read on social media about the victims. What I am reading is conjecture, speculation, rumours and false information. These have no place in an open forum.
Who can possibly know the truth?
There are only two ways that someone can know …
- official communication from the investigators, or
- personal knowledge.
Think before you speak or write
So, before you decide to speculate and post statements about the identities of any victims, please consider that I (for one) will be going back to the official press releases from the Toronto Police Services to fact check. If it isn’t in the press releases, I will assume that you fall into one of two categories. However, neither of them is favourable to you. You were either:
- personally involved, or
- you are the type of person who has no qualms about spreading false information.
This post is in light of recent allegations of child pornography against prominent people within the Toronto community. While the speculations being made are about this particular situation, this message is applicable to any circumstance where someone is posting information that is not verified or corroborated. Use your brains, people … critical thinking is a good thing. Get the facts!
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